TechTrends: Your Own Space – On the Internet!

TechTrends, a series of articles dealing with cutting-edge technology news by Clint Osterholz, has been cancelled due to Mr. Osterholz's recent illness. Instead, his mother has agreed to write a one-off piece for AFW. We wish Clint a speedy recovery from lazyassitis.


I'm Clint's mother, Patricia. But you can call me Trish. I'm a writer too! But lately my typewriter has been acting up (does anyone out there have a K key for an IBM Selectric? I will pay you 50 cents!) so I decided to come down to the public library and start making website logs. I have gotten pretty good at the TypePress! I have made several articles on my official site, trish'! Please come visit me there someday after this.

I digress! This whole internet thing is pretty daunting for the plus-50 crowd. I'm about to hit 60 myself and I just got my first MP3 the other week. It can't play anything because Clint hasn't fixed it up for me but he says that it can hold several thousand songs. I just hope I have enough space in the den for all of them.

In light of that, I thought I would help highlight how easy it is to make your own website page on the internet. First of all, have you heard of this site called YourSpace? It is a space that you can have just for yourself on the world wide web! Instead of feeling like roadkill on the information superhighway, now I feel like I'm cruising along at the national speed limit of 55 MPH! I had to 'upload' a picture to the FTPs and then the person on the other side told me that the photo was good so I was able to show people online what I look like! I'm not too clear on it. Clint did the whole thing for me and to be honest it went over my head. I took a nap while he set it up so it was basically like magic.

A lot of people have said I look like a MILF, which Clint told me means Mother I'd Like to Friend! It is so sad how many young men out there do not have mothers, but I have a lot of friend requests! He also said I should stay away from the Google. Whatever it is, I do not recommend it!

YourSpace is very fun because you can tell people how old you are (of course you know I didn't!) and where you live and things that you're interested in. Then you can find other people who are the same way. In my case, there are not too many people out there who are into cross-stitch but there are a ton of people who like Megadeth, just like me! Their thrash metal sound that lead to modern heavyhitters like Pantera, Slayer, and Anthrax sure does move my Hushpuppies! My friend Killer on YourSpace agrees that they're the sickest band ever.

In short, if you are entering your twilight years and suffering from serious Empty Nest Syndrome, I recommend YourSpace for you. And if you're ever near Des Moines, please let me know. I'll be happy to go to the library with you and help you set up your own space - on the internet!

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9 thoughts on “TechTrends: Your Own Space – On the Internet!”

    • At this point, fortunately, my mother has come to terms with being a source of inspiration. I repay her through scads of guilt.

  1. LOL My god does that sound like my mother! She’s pretty much terrified of the Internet b/c apparently we’re all a bunch of psychos. And it took us 3 hours to get her first mp3 when I made the mistake of giving her my old player. I’m pretty sure the device is still sitting near the computer never actually used, and she didn’t download any other songs. She’s also the one who couldn’t understand that Internet Explorer was not “the Internet,” and that services like iTunes could actually be connected to the Web w/o having that evil bit of software open. So now when I need to help with tech stuff, I just go to her place and set it up when she’s at work. Sometimes I’d rather it be “like magic” than have to explain every little thing (like the concept of a browser).

    • God, I know. I am pretty much able to stand my mother for the very reason that we never, ever talk about technological stuff. And somehow she figured out Facebook on her own. Still scratching my head about that one.

  2. First of all, I think Clint’s mom should become a regular contributor. Second of all, as someone married to a Quinquagenarian computer whiz, I’d like to state that not all 50 + folks are computer illiterate or ignorant of online trends. I think Jobs and Gates would agree.

  3. Hey Yo:

    Seeing how I fall in that 50+ category, thanks for having our backs! 🙂

    How depressing to know that I could be Clint’s mother-nothing personal, Clint, but I still feel like I’m young & cool…and how pathetic is that?!

    BTW-my Mom got her 1st computer at age 85 and she’s pretty proficient. I think that is awesome!

    As always, LOVED the post!

    • Nah, you work online, Cathy! My mom hasn’t had to use a computer for work since she sold her last business. When you don’t keep the tool sharpened…

  4. Dang! I got all excited thinking there was a new social networking site – I even Googled it! :-p
    What can I say, it was a long day. Great post. I will be back.


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